Dear UKAN+ Member

Welcome to our May newsletter, a range of news from across our network reflecting and informing our community.
09:30-16:30 4th July 2022 - Hyatt Regency Manchester
With a packed agenda, including fascinating Keynote speakers; funding opportunities and opportunities for you to network and inform future strategic direction in acoustics, UKAN Plus first in person meeting is not to be missed!
The invite is open and free to all our UKAN+ members. #ukan_live

Also, we are looking for our members who can help out with A/V at this event, in particular people who have experience in setting up live streaming of an event via Zoom or other online media communication platform. Funding is available for pay for this support.
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Knowledgebase Hackathon

On 16th and 17th June 2022, the Computational Acoustics SIG are holding a hackathon centred around the knowledgebase. If you’d like to improve the existing materials, add something new, contribute your own code or just find out a bit more about the project, please join us!

For full details visit the UKAN+ events page.

A workshop celebrating Simon Chandler-Wilde’s 60th birthday

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The workshop: “Scattering and propagation of waves: theoretical and computational challenges”, celebrating Simon Chandler-Wilde’s 60th birthday (postponed from 2020, when Simon was 60), will be held at the University of Reading 27th-29th June 2022.

UKAN UA Data Challenge Workshop

The UK Acoustics Network+ are holding a 1-day event at the University of Sheffield on 8 July to explore solutions to research challenges set by industry.
This is an opportunity to be exposed to some of the current and future challenges for underwater acoustics and to work together with other researchers to explore and develop new and innovative solutions. The day will be a ‘hackathon’ style event, with small teams working on one of the challenges together for most of the day, while representatives from industry move between the groups to provide application context and to answer questions.
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Fellowship writing training
UKAN+ is funding an extensive writing training course to support early career researchers/academics in drafting fellowship proposals, with a focus on EPSRC applications. The full course is ten half-day sessions and is run by a former EPSRC Portfolio Manager and a Materials Science academic.

The first two sessions are open to all UKAN+ members, including PhD students, and everyone is encouraged to attend to build their understanding of the fellowship process.

Sessions 1 and 2
  • Session 1: 10:00 - 12:30 Thursday, 7 July Zoom access
  • Session 2: 10:00 - 12:30 Thursday, 14 July Zoom access
Funding application

Call 2

UKAN+ Call 2 Briefing Webinar: 23rd June 12:00-13:00
A one hour webinar to provide prospective Call 2 applicants with information on what UKAN+ is looking for in its funding call and to also provide information on the application process.
Collaborative workshop: 8th or 13th September 10:00-13:00
UKAN+ will once again collaborate with The Collective, expert facilitators, focused on stimulating future collaborative acoustics research projects. These informal events are designed to build research communities to develop new, innovative ideas for proposals and opportunities to deliver a step change in world-class research. They will aid proposals to align with the agreed acoustic priorities and project proposal assessment criteria. The workshop calls will be limited in number to enable collaborative working. To facilitate participation, the same event will be run twice, as such it will only be necessary to attend one workshop per call.

Workshop Application will be blind assessed and open 27th June, closing 8th July. Application form will be available on the UKAN website.

Call 2 will open 8th September 2022 and close 19th October 2022. Full details will be available on our Funding website page.

Understanding our network communities in 2022

You may remember that last autumn the Network agreed to re-run the community survey to better understand our networks and ensure we are monitoring how inclusive and diverse we are. The results gave us plenty to think about and provided a very useful benchmark for our activity going forward. Lead by Simon Chandler-Wilde and Sami Kanza, a small group have submitted a paper to Internoise 2022 on the findings and conclusions.

The 2022 survey, developed by the network of networks, helps us understand more about the inclusivity of our network, so the activities offered by the networks are inclusive and representative of their communities. We will use these survey results to benchmark and continually track our progress in terms of improving the inclusivity of our activities. The survey results in 2021 influenced the way that activities were planned and delivered to improve what we do, for all our members.

This survey is for all members of all of the networks in the 'networks of networks' and is entirely voluntary and anonymous. It will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

Ethics approval from the University of Southampton Ethics and Research Governance Team under ERGO no 66119.
Ingleborough Soundscape Project Final Report Presentation event

On April 4th and May 5th, the authors of the Ingleborough Soundscape Project – Final
Report presented the findings of this two-year Citizen Science project to delegates from the landscape management and conservation sectors. We are grateful to the Ingleborough Soundscape team and in particular to Rob Pheasant and Colin Newlands for leading on this project.

For a full report follow the link here. This project has resulted in hundreds of Gb of audio recordings of soundscapes. These recordings have been documented, uploaded and available via this Google Drive folder.
UKAN+ Events
UKAN+ ANNUAL MEETING 4th July in Manchester. Register for a free place.
We are looking to plan our schedule advance. Please email if you are interested in hosting a UKAN+ Zoom webinar. z.hunter@acoustics.ac.uk
You can replay our various webinars via our YouTube, including the 18th May webinar Clinical opportunities and standardisation challenges for photoacoustic imaging
Acoustics related grants
Every year UKAN and Research Coordination Committee of the Institute of Acoustics run a survey of live acoustics related grants funded by the UKRI. We use May as a census month. This year has not been an exception. The latest summary of these grants can be found here. This document will shortly be published on the Resources page of the UKAN website.
We encourage our members to go through this document and write to us if there are any inaccuracies or if we miss any grants which you feel relate to acoustics.
Get in touch!
If you have any news for our June newsletter do drop us an email before the 27th of June. We are interested to hear a range of news, perhaps you have a recent publication, or you would like to offer a blog for our community or maybe you know of some industry news we could share.